HOLDENVILLE, Okla. - A high school football player is in critical condition after suffering a severe head injury on the football field.
Holdenville senior Oske Lowe suffered a severe head injury during the team’s game against Shawnee Thursday night.
"He's kind of our everything on the football team. He's been our leader,” Holdenville High School football coach Bill Williams said. "He doesn't come off the field."
On Thursday night against Shawnee, he did.
"He came onto the sidelines talking about how he couldn't feel his right side,” teammate Isiah Gutter said. “We thought it was just a concussion or something like that."
But Lowe's head injury was much more, and he was flown to OU Medical Center that night where he has been ever since.
"We're hurting. We're all hurting. The town's hurting,” Williams said. “The family's hurting, the friends, the team."
Their next game is against Coalgate and even though Oske himself won't be on the field, his jersey number will. Number eight will be on the helmets of his teammates.
They will also wearing green shirts for brain injury awareness.
"He's a big part of the community. He's a three sport athlete. You couldn't ask for a better human being,” Williams said. “I can't say enough good things about him. He's probably got the biggest sense of humor on the football team. There's not a day that goes by that right before conditioning he's going to come out and try to bet me something to get out of it."
He may not have got out of conditioning, but the entire community is pulling for him to get out of this.
"He's a fighter. We all believe in Oske, and we all love him here in Holdenville. So we all hope he pulls through and comes back to the team and comes back to the town,” Gutter said. "It's going to be hard playing the game without him. It's not for us. It's for Oske now."